Blackburn Harriers & AC

Category Archives: Track & Field

zoom
Comments Off on YDL Lower Age Group at Ellesmere Port

YDL Lower Age Group at Ellesmere Port

The sun shone on Ellesmere Port as the first fixture of the YDL Lower Age Group took place on Saturday May 3rd. The fixture, won impressively by Crewe & Nantwich AC saw Blackburn Harriers finishing in sixth position, 40 points off the pace. But that doesn’t tell the whole story as there were some very impressive performances by our athletes including twenty four PB’s, eight individual wins, 11 second places and 12 third places. We also had a number of debutants who were experiencing Track & Field for the first time –  So a big thank you and well done to Hanzala Hussain; Nicholas Massey; Jaqui Howard; Amy Davies; Jimmy Walpole; Jamie Teare; Daniel Brown; Emily Warren and Luis Jake Billington who all made great contributions to the Team on the day.

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

Full Results HERE

Before the fixture started, Cameron Massey was appointed Team captain for the Boys and Liz Ashcroft for the Girls and both led by example on the day.

SONY DSC     SONY DSC

There were some real stand out performances with two athletes achieving the English Schools Standard.

U15 Boys Team Captain Cameron Massey had a cracking day winning the 80M Hurdles with a Grade One time of 11.9 and going inside the English Schools standard of 12.0sec. He then took two tenths of a second of his 200m PB (25.5sec) to finish second and then capped it off with over half a metre improvement in his Long Jump to win the event with 5.40m. Jacob Roberts in winning the U15 Boys Hammer, improved his PB by over seven and half metres to set a new PB of 38.93m and gain the the English Schools standard of 38m. He went on to add another two metres to his Discus PB with a throw of 22.56m to finish 3rd.

SONY DSC      SONY DSC

In the U13’s Emily Raine set PB’s in the 75m (11.0sec) and (3.48m) in the Long Jump; Emily Laycock reduced her PB in the 75m by three tenths of a second to 12.7sec and Ben Cecil set PB’s in the 100m (14.1sec) and the 200m (28.4sec). Anjalie Singh knocked 16secs off her 800m time to post 3.10.4 and cut over two seconds off her 70mH time to set a new PB of 13.6sec. Charlotte Williams who is in really good form set three new PB’s – with 12.9 for the 70mH, 1.30m in the High Jump and 7.80m in the Shot Putt. Solomon Brown really impressed in his 75mH in winning the event and cutting a whopping 1.6 seconds off his previous best to set a new PB of 14.6sec. Emily Warren came out with a real zing in first ever 800m and took control of the race from between 500 – 600m to win in an excellent debut time of 2.35.0. There were PB’s for Emily Laycock (12.7) in the 75mH and for Ben Cecil in the 100m (14.1) and 200m (28.4). Eloise Littlefair took second place points in the Discus with 21.8m; won the Shot Putt with 8.26m. Sam Farnworth had an excellent day too. The week before he had run the 100m at Wigan in the Mid Lancs League for a time of 15.9 secs and then chopped a huge 1.6 sec off it here to set a new PB of 14.3sec.

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

SONY DSCU15 Hannah Cookson and looking strong set three PB’s on the day, cutting a huge five seconds off her 800m time to set a new PB of 2.32.8, took three seconds of her 200m PB which is now 28.0 and reduced her 100m time from 14.4 to 14.1 sec. Libby Angland, making a welcome return after being plagued by injuries for so long, duly celebrated by cutting half a second off her 100m time (14.6sec) and improving her High Jump to 1.25m. Esme Pearse creamed nearly five seconds off her 75mH time to set a new PB of 13.5sec. Rhys Charnley cropped 14 seconds of his 1500m time with a new PB of 5.31.2. Baylie Thompson threw 10.67m in the Discus and 13.93m in the Javelin.

SONY DSC     SONY DSC

SONY DSC    SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC    SONY DSC

SONY DSC     SONY DSC

SONY DSC    SONY DSC

 

 

 

zoom
Comments Off on Great Start for the Harriers at YDL Upper Age Group

Great Start for the Harriers at YDL Upper Age Group

After a great first season in the 2013 YDL Upper Age Group Division Two, with the Harriers being promoted to Division One as Champions, there was an air of expectation approaching the first fixture at Bebbington. It turned out be a cracking day, with fine performances, lots of individual event wins and PB’s. Above all it was a tremendous Team performance with every athlete on the day making a contribution to the victory margin of 64 points from Wigan in 2nd place and Trafford in 3rd.

Full Results HERE

None of these fixtures could be put on with Officials, so a big thankyou to all those who gave their time at the weekend.

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

In the U20’s there were wins for Joe Pearse in the 400m (55.4); 110mH Hurdle ‘B’ (17.0 sec); Javelin (38.32m) and High Jump (1.90). Jack Hindle, who had gone to work at 5.00pm in the morning, and whose dad drove him over to the fixture to do the 3000m which was an exemplary act of Team commitment, duly won the 3000m in 9.42.7. Connor Makin took two wins on the day with a PB in the 400m Hurdles (57.3) and 110m Hurdles (16.5). Rob Savage showing almost flawless technique at the water jump won the 2000m Steeple Chase  (7.03.8) and Joseph Howe backed that up by winning the 2000m Steeple Chase ‘B’ (7.27.0) and also ran the 1500m in 4.26.5. Sister Phoebe Howe won the ‘B’ 400m (66.5) and placed 3rd in the 300m Hurdles (52.6). Jacinta Davison won the U20’s Hammer (15.53m); Lottie Latham-Taylor won the Javelin ‘B’ (18.96m) and Jane Saothong jumped a new PB in the Long Jump ‘B’ winning with 4.03. Better performance for Paul Coffey in the 100m (3rd) equaling his PB of 11.6 and running 23.2secs in the 200m (3rd). Katie Buckingham took a 2nd place in the 400m Hurdles (72.0) and Roxanne Oliver won the ‘B’ Race (71.3). Ben Aspinall put in a solid set of performances with a 3rd in the ‘B’ 100m (12.2); 2nd in the ‘B’ Javelin (25.00m); 2nd in the ‘A’ Long Jump (5.83m) just 2cm short of his PB and 3rd in the ‘A’ Triple Jump (12.49m).

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

In the U17’s Byron Abbott, who has been plagued by injuries won the 800m (2.14.2) and took 2nd in the 300m with 10.32.5. Amber Swinnerton, running 2nd Claim for Blackburn had a great debut taking the 200m ‘B’ in 27.8; the 300m Hurdles ‘B’ (48.7) and a 4th placed 44.4 in the ‘A’ 300m. After the fixture Amber told us can i just say thankyou so much for such a good day enjoyed it so much you were all so loverly and you included me in everything, I really appreciate it I was really nervous that I would run badly for you and you made it feel like there was no pressure at all so thankyou could you say thankyou to any athletes who aren’t in this conversation like the lads, I hope I did okay for you really enjoyed it amber x”

SONY DSC     SONY DSC

Continuing with the U17’s Liz Greenwood won the 800m in 2.25.1 and Grace Handley won the ‘B’ Race (2.27.5). Both Liz and Grace then went on to win the ‘A’ and ‘B’ 3000m with Liz clocking 10.40.3. Morgan Angland had a great day too. She took one win and two seconds but recorded PB’s in all three events starting with the 80m Hurdles 1st (12.4); 100m 2nd (13.5) and Long Jump 2nd (4.72m). Polly Pearse won the 80mHurdles ‘B’ Race (13.4) and then added the High Jump for a good double (1.48m). Rebecca Orrell carried on where she left off at Wigan the previous day by winning the Hammer with a new PB of 46.18m, which means she set 4 PB’s in two days in the same event – training must be going well! She also took 2nd place (23.60m) in the Discus and 4th in the Shot Putt (8.47m). Olivia Wilson showed great Team spirit by missing the start of her own birthday party to make sure that we had a full team for the 4 x 100m Relay. Olivia Brooks jumped 8.20m in the Triple Jump (4th) and 1.40m in the High Jump (4th).

SONY DSC                      SONY DSC                      SONY DSC

SONY DSC                      SONY DSC                      SONY DSC

SONY DSC

Jake Almond set a new PB in winning the 200m in 23.2secs after posting 11.9secs for 2nd place in the 100m. A really good weekend for Jake with three wins and a second in four races. Huzaifa Hanif had a great day knocking three seconds off his PB to finish 2nd in the 400m (55.5) and then jumping 1.50m in the High Jump (3rd).  New member Lewis Jardine who hasn’t competed for quiet a while, also had a really promising start with a 2nd place in the ‘B’ 400m (57.1) and 3rd in the 1500m ‘B’ (4.58.5). Chris Dulling in his debut on the Track ran the 800m and ran a pretty good time of 2.21.7 and backed that up with a 4.57.s in the 1500m. Jamie Bamber, competing 2nd Claim for Blackburn took a solid 2nd place in the 100m (16.0sec) and added another 2nd place finish in the Triple Jump (10.66m). Ross Liddle, another debutant on the Track for the Club ran 63.8 in the 400m Hurdles (2nd) and 4th in the Long Jump (5.06) which was a new PB by 6cm.. Connor Davison helped the Club pile up the points with 2nd in the Discus (24.13); 3rd in the Hammer (24.39) and 2nd in the Shot Putt (24.39).

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

 

 

zoom
Comments Off on Track & Field KIcks off At Wigan with the Mid Lancs League

Track & Field KIcks off At Wigan with the Mid Lancs League

The weekend of April 26th and 27th saw the start of the T & F season for the Club and there were some very fine performances over the weekend.

The first Mid Lancs fixture of the season took place at Wigan, in not the best of weather conditions and with a huge number of athletes from all the affiliated Clubs in attendance, looking to see how their winter training had gone.

Full Results HERE

In the Senior 100m Paul Coffey placed 6th in 12.5secs which he wasn’t at all pleased with. Dominic Bretherton, a new member of the Club had a fine start to his Track season with a win in Heat 2 (12.3secs).  U17 Sprinter Jake Almond won both the 100m and 200m Races with 12.3secs and 23.9 secs respectively for a fine double. Oliver Aspden’s 51.40 in the Senior Men’s 400m Race to establish a new PB was excellent, given the conditions on the day. Sam Farnworth ran 15.90 in the U13 Boy’s 100m to take 4th place. Carol Cookson making her debut on the Track in the Senior Women’s 100m ran 17.20secs. Daughter Hannah Cookson took a good third place in the U15 Girls 100m (14.3secs) and then she ran 2.39.1 in the 800m just a second and a half off her PB, and again given the conditions, we can see her breaking that shortly. Amy Davies made her Track debut in the U13 Girls and ran a really promising 2.48.90 to take 3rd place. In another Heat, Olivia Blow ran 3.15.80. In the U13 Girls 100m Emily Raine finishing 5th with 15.60, equal time with 4th place. Olivia Blow ran 16.90 and Emily Laycock 18.00. Emily also did the Long Jump posting 2.77m.

In other U13 Girls events, Charlotte Wiiliams won the High Jump (1.25m) with Eloise Littlefair taking joint third place with 1.20m and Emily Laycock jumping 1.05m. In the U13 Girls Shot, Eloise took 2nd with 8.04m and Charlotte took 3rd place with 7.32m to set a new PB.

Tom Cornthwaite ran three races – the 800m; 1500m and 3000m which was quite a challenge. In the 800m he clocked 2.10.20 for 5th place  – in the 1500m he came home in 2nd position (4.17.20) and then in the 300m, went one better by winning it convincingly in 9.08.00. Andy Heys in his first ever Track Race also ran in the 3000m and posted a solid time of 10.31.4. John Cookson ran 2.30.70 for the 800m which was 3 seconds off his PB, but given the wind, there is no doubt that this will be under pressure before the end of the season.

Amongst the Throwers, standout performance of the day came from Rebecca Orrell who threw three successive PB’s in the U17 Womens Hammer finishing with 44.31m. Jack Vickery took 2nd place in the Senior Men’s Hammer with a solid and consistent 41.97m. In the U17 Age Category, Connor Davison won the Shot with a Putt of 10.15m and made it a double win for the day by taking the Hammer with 24.06m. In the U15 Boys category, Jacob Roberts won the Hammer with 31.28m and Cameron Massey finished in 2nd place in the Shot with 8.92m.

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

SONY DSC

zoom
Comments Off on Sophie Kicks off her season at Mount Sac

Sophie Kicks off her season at Mount Sac

Sophie Hitchon – British Women’s record holder and 2012 Olympic finalist, kicked off her season and preparation for the Commonwealth Games with her first competition of the year.

Full Results HERE

Her third place finish with 69.08 represented a solid first outing especially when taking into account that she has been throwing with heavier weights for some time in training.

Sophie has started to share some of her training elements on You Tube and for budding Hammer Throwers, there is a lot to be gained by watching these. Her first video’s can be accessed at:

You Tube

You Tube

You Tube

You Tube

You Tube

 

zoom
Comments Off on Witton Park to have the Track resurfaced

Witton Park to have the Track resurfaced

 

On the 16th April, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council announced that it was delighted to have been awarded £150,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.

For more information about the funding: visit http://www.sportengland.org/media-centre/news/2014/april/14/£17million-to-improve-grassroots-sports-facilities/

In combination with the new six lane Indoor Training Track (pictured), Indoor Throws Cage, Community Gym, Dance Studio, new floodlighting and security fencing, the Witton Park Arena will be a most impressive facility.

10005814_734004279973496_1041952818_o

Martin Eden, director of Leisure, Culture and Young People at Blackburn with Darwen Council, welcomed the news and said: “We are delighted we have secured £150,000 of funding for the borough’s sport facilities.

“The funding will go towards the cost of resurfacing the outdoor Athletics Track at Witton and will put a new eight lane 110m straight in front of the new spectator seating.

“These are very exciting times for the borough in terms of sport especially as the new athletics indoor arena at Witton Park will be opened imminently.”

We are committed to getting more and more people taking part in sport as well as having quality training facilities for athletes who perform at regional, national and international level.”

Tony Wood, Chairman of Blackburn Harriers and Athletics Club, said: ” Blackburn Harriers are extremely excited that Blackburn with Darwen Council have been able to secure funding for a complete refurbishment of the outdoor track at Witton through the Inspired Facilities Fund. We are grateful to the Borough for their own contribution into not only this project but the fantastic Witton Park Arena which will open soon. Much hard work has gone into achieving all this and our thanks go to the key officers and councillors who have worked on and supported the plans over the last few years. We hope to develop many young athletes with the help of these facilities and possibly find a few more Olympians to add to those who proudly represented the town at London 2012.”

 

 

zoom
Comments Off on Harriers youngsters getting ready for the T & F Season

Harriers youngsters getting ready for the T & F Season

There have been good early season performances by some of the young women athletes in recent Open Meetings.

Rebecca Orrell competed at the Liverpool Open Jumps & Throws Fixture on April 12th and came away with a first throw of the season of 23.54m in the U17W Discus and a PB of 40.44m in the U17W 3k Hammer Throw. At the  Blackpool Open in March, Rebecca with her first 4k Hammer Throw of the season achieved 33.24m.

Charlotte Williams and Emily Raine also competed at the Blackpool Open with good early season results. U13 Charlotte won the 80m Hurdles in a new PB of 12.9, knocking over half a second off her previous best. In the Shot Putt, she extended her PB by another 30cm to take 4th place with 7.06m and backed that up finishing 3rd in the Long Jump (3.73m). U13 Emily took nearly a second off her PB in winning the 80m Sprint with a time of 11.6 and then just missed out on another PB by the slimmest of margins – one second – in jumping 3.39m in the Long Jump.

Full Results for Blackpool HERE

Full Results for Liverpool HERE